MUTARE City has begun rehabilitating its sewer system in a move set to improve the hygiene standards of the eastern border city.
The rehabilitation process being done by a joint venture of Indian firms Technobab and Gammon at Gimboki sewage unit 1 and 2 is expected to be completed early next year.
Speaking to NewsDay during a tour by mayor Tatenda Nhamarare and other council officials last week, city engineer Donald Nyatoti said the sewage works were operating below 30%, a situation which is risky in terms of sanitation.
“After the completion of the refurbishment, we hope to increase our capacity to 100%,” he said.
“For many years, we had that problem and we were not able to repair the sewage system on our own. The other problem was of capacity. We had another unit which stalled during its construction and because of the increasing population, we were going to face a major challenge.”
Zim Fund gave Mutare a $9,08 million grant towards the rehabilitation exercise as well as the upgrading of the water system.
In Chikanga, the city is erecting a water reservoir that would service areas like Hobhouse, Zimta, Feruka and Prison Farm.
Nyatoti said he was happy with the progress being made on the construction of the water reservoir.
Nhamarare added that the sewer and water projects were going to improve the city’s hygiene standards.
“There will be a positive impact on our city once these projects are through. We hope to meet the required standards to avoid the outbreak of diseases in Mutare,” he said.